Indigenous Mapping Day

Join NCAI and Google for the first ever Indigenous Mapping Day on Friday, August 9th.

In partnership with the National Congress of American Indians, and in honor of the United Nation’s International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, Google Map Maker, Google Earth Outreach and the Google American Indian Network are proud to present Google’s first ever Indigenous Mapping Day on Friday, August 9, 2013. A MapUp is a group of people coming together to improve how Google Maps represents their community. You and the members of your tribal community can add local roads, schools, health facilities, tribal offices and more. You can even map in your tribe’s native language. Google Map Maker currently supports Cherokee, Navajo, Inuktitut, Inupiaq, Kalaallisut, and Hawaiian.

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Tribal Community Empowerment
Many tribal communities in the United States lack accurate mapping information pertaining to roads, buildings, and information on services available to tribal members and the general public. Google Map Maker is a tool that allows tribal governments, businesses, and individual citizens to take ownership of their communities as represented on Google Maps, Google Earth, and Google Maps for Mobile. This tool allows these entities to add to, edit, and improve digital local maps by mapping tribal offices, medical facilities, local roads, and everything in between! Anything from structures, landscapes, or ATM locations can be identified on Google Maps by using the Map Maker tool.

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MapUp Requirements
To participate in the upcoming Indigenous Mapping Day on August 9, 2013, participants will need the following:

  • Must have a Google account to access Google Map Maker – for more information on how to create a Google account click here
  • Must be affiliated with the tribe whose lands you plan to map, which includes those that are tribal members, tribal government representatives, tribal colleges, or organizations providing services on tribal lands
  • Must have a computer/laptop and an Internet connection

For more information please visit the MapUp Guidelines webpage, or the Frequently Asked Questions webpage. To learn more about Google Mapmaker features view Google’s YouTube Tutorial webpage.

Sign Up to Participate!

For more information contact Sarah Beccio, NCAI Communications Associate –  sbeccio@ncai.org 


Founded in 1944, the National Congress of American Indians is the oldest, largest and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization in the country. NCAI advocates on behalf of tribal governments, promoting strong tribal-federal government-to-government policies, and promoting a better understanding among the general public regarding American Indian and Alaska Native governments, people and rights.

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